Thursday, May 4, 2017

Birdland


We went Wednesday with our friend Kristina to the town of Fuente de Piedra to visit the wetland reserve famous for the flamingos. San Geraldo and I had been there once in 2013. We started this time inside the Visitor Center where the magic began for us and continued as we walked the trails. Too many photos (but only 14 of 169), so I'll shut up now.


Fuimos el miercoles con nuestra amiga Kristina al pueblo de Fuente de Piedra para visitar la reserva humedal famoso por los flamencos. San Geraldo y yo habíamos estado alli una vez en 2013. Comenzamos esta vez dentro del Centro de Visitantes donde la mágica comenzó y continuó caminando por los senderos. Demasiadas fotos (pero sólo 14 de 169), así que me callo ahora.


(I simply had to go big with the photos. Click to appreciate the wonder.)
(Simplemente tuve que ir grande con las fotos. Haz clic para apreciar la maravilla.)

ABOUT TO GO UPSTAIRS TO THE VISITOR CENTER.
A PUNTO DE IR HASTA EL CENTRO DE VISITANTES.
THE VIEW THROUGH THE WINDOW FROM INSIDE THE VISITOR CENTER.
LA VISTA A TRAVÉS DE LA VENTANA DESDE EL CENTRO DE VISITANTES.
SAN GERALDO SAID, "LOOK QUICK!"
SAN GERALDO DIJO, "¡MIRA RÁPIDO!"
FROM A VIEWING SPOT ALONG ONE OF THE TRAILS.
AFUERA EN UN SENDERO.







SAN GERALDO AND KRISTINA STILL FEELING THE SPIRIT (IT'S FROM THE SONG AT BOTTOM OF POST).
SAN GERALDO Y KRISTINA TODAVÍA SENTIR EL ESPIRITU (ES DE LA CANCIÓN ABAJO).
OOH, BABY! (COOTS.)
¡OOH, BEBÉ! (FOCHAS.)
VISITORS CENTER.
CENTRO DE VISITANTES.
PART OF THE THE FENCE.
UN PARTE DE LA CERCA.
SAN GERALDO WANTED ME TO TAKE HIM AROUND IN THIS ... FILLED WITH ICE CREAM.
SAN GERALD QUERÍA QUE LO ARRASTRABA EN ESTE... LLENADO CON HELADO.

18 comments:

  1. I had no idea there were Flamingos in Spain. The things I learn from my blogger friends.

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    1. Stephen:
      Many seem to be down here year-round. Many more migrate from Africa for breeding season. I've seen them in winter, spring, and summer. Amazing [for me] to see.

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  2. Absolutely gorgeous Mitchell!!! Wonderful photos. I have never seen a flamingo in real life. I want to be taken around in a wagon full of ice cream!
    Take care.
    Robin

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    1. Robin:
      The first time I saw wild flamingos was from a train window heading from Jerez de la Frontera to Sevilla when we were here in Southern Spain for a visit trying to decide where to live. It was a huge surprise to me.

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  3. Thank you Mitchell, you have tickled me this afternoon with this post. I love Flamingos and of course can't see them here.

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    1. mistress maddie:
      I hope I never tire of this sight. It's like magic to me to see these birds flying free.

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  4. How beautiful these birds are!!
    Your photos are perfect, Mitchell.
    Thanks for sharing this trip.

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    1. Jim:
      Thank you so much for coming along with us, at least online. It makes it so much more special for me.

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  5. I have often wondered how birds manage to identify their partners for they look so alike , do you know ?

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    1. Heron:
      I really have no idea. But then they think we all look alike, too.

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  6. What a fun outing! We have flamingos here, but I don't think their underwings are as vivid as the ones you photographed. I have only seen 2 or 3; would love to see big flocks like you saw. The ice cream wagon idea was inspired.

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    1. Wilma:
      These flamingos looked so white while standing that I was stunned to see how vivid their wing colors were. San Geraldo is an inspiration.

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  7. Wow! They really are pink! Divine...

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    1. Walt the Fourth:
      These looked so white until they opened their wings. Stunning.

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  8. Beautiful pics Mitch, and I think San Geraldo was entitled to be treated that way...!

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    1. Jan:
      Thanks so much. San Geraldo I'm sure would agree with you.

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  9. Coming from Florida I have seen my share of flamingos ... of the feathered and plastic variety.
    And I'd like a ride in the wagon, too!

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    1. Bob:
      I'm sure Jerry would share his space with you... and maybe even his ice cream.

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